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COURTS   OF   PARIS,   NAPLES,   ETC.                 33!

beautiful country, full of plantations of sugar and
coffee. I have never anywhere seen so rich a
tract of land.

We came to Port of Spain yesterday, partly
in a boat and partly in a sloop, where we passed
the night very uncomfortably. There ends my
pilgrimage, and, Dieu merci! I never was better
in my life. I think I ought to have made my
tour more wonderful, and told you we landed
one day at Otaheite, and another day at Buenos

March 2$th, 1803.

Colonel Fullarton has asked me to go with
him on a tour round the island, in a fine Govern-
ment schooner, on a party of surveying and
curiosity. We shall probably stretch out to St.
Vincent. Nothing would suit me better. We are
to depart in a few days.

I was amused at your fancying me low-
spirited for want of H.'s company. Bah! I was
born of a convivial turn, and nobody can keep up
the ball longer than I do in society, because long
acquaintance with the world has created a kind
of equanimity, which, fortunately, unthinking people